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As an investor, developer, occupier, construction consortium or asset manager, your real estate deals are executed to tight deadlines within complex local legal systems. If, for example, your property assets cross international markets, you face issues based on differing real estate law as well as cultural and economic contexts. With over 800 lawyers in 40 countries, we give consistent legal advice across borders, coordinated from your home market. Whether you are in the retail, residential, hotels, infrastructure, care home, office, logistics, renewable energy or student accommodation sectors, we have the specialists to help.

Through decades of experience of doing deals across Europe, our multi-jurisdictional teams adhere to the same templates, processes and standards, including project management. This means we can deploy specialist teams to advise you immediately, irrespective of where the real estate assets are. If you are launching or operating a real estate fund or setting up a real estate related joint venture, our funds and corporate experts can give you country-specific support. This approach allows us to guide your tax, planning, debt financing, construction and management issues in addition to your traditional real estate portfolio and property management work.

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April 2020
CMS Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Glob­al Bro­chure
As the fifth-largest glob­al law firm and the largest real es­tate team in Europe with more than 800 ded­ic­ated law­yers, CMS com­bines loc­al know­ledge with in­ter­na­tion­al strength and ex­per­i­ence. Our in­teg­rated teams of­fer you the best com­mer­cial guid­ance for highly com­plex, stra­tegic in­ward in­vest­ment trans­ac­tions in­to ma­jor European gate­way cit­ies and bey­ond. CMS is also well-es­tab­lished in Africa, China, South Amer­ica, the Middle East and Asia. We ad­vise on the full range of real es­tate ser­vices, in­clud­ing fin­an­cing, struc­tur­ing, as­set man­age­ment, tax, cor­por­ate-wrapped and dir­ect in­vest­ments. We provide the full range of de­vel­op­ment ad­vice with sup­port from our spe­cial­ist plan­ning, en­vir­on­ment and con­struc­tion teams.
April 2020
Our real es­tate cap­ab­il­ity at your ser­vice
We are over 800 qual­i­fied law­yers work­ing in real es­tate and con­struc­tion, span­ning 43 coun­tries and 74 cit­ies. The CMS Real Es­tate and Con­struc­tion prac­tice is the largest real es­tate spe­cial­ist team in Europe and one of the biggest world­wide.Cli­ents are at the heart of our busi­ness; we put you first.Our em­phas­is is not just on be­ing great tech­nic­al law­yers but also on un­der­stand­ing our cli­ents and their busi­ness; you and what makes you spe­cial; build­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with you; and bring­ing you our know­ledge and ex­per­i­ence.We have been act­ive in real es­tate in our mar­kets for dec­ades, so we un­der­stand the cul­ture, the eco­nom­ic con­text, the loc­al leg­al con­text and the his­tory. Many of our col­leagues have worked in-house or on second­ments to cli­ents to fur­ther de­vel­op their know­ledge of the real es­tate sec­tor. We know it in­side out. That is why we are known for be­ing strong on ex­e­cu­tion and provid­ing con­cise, com­mer­cial and prag­mat­ic ad­vice.Most of us fo­cus full time on real es­tate and con­struc­tion and serve a cli­ent base of de­velopers, own­ers, oc­cu­pi­ers, con­struc­tion con­sor­tia, as­set man­agers and in­vestors, among oth­ers across all as­set classes.CMS has the largest real es­tate teams across three ma­jor European jur­is­dic­tions – the UK, France and Ger­many – and is the largest real es­tate spe­cial­ist team in Europe and one of the biggest world­wide.We work ef­fi­ciently both loc­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally be­cause we know each oth­er: we meet face-to-face, con­nect reg­u­larly, work on shared mat­ters, train to­geth­er and ad­here to the same stand­ards, tem­plates and pro­cesses, in­clud­ing pro­ject man­age­ment. That makes it easy to de­ploy mul­tidiscip­lin­ary teams – in­clud­ing funds, con­struc­tion, de­vel­op­ment, plan­ning, cor­por­ate, bank­ing, tax and in­solv­ency spe­cial­ists, or even not­ar­ies where it is al­lowed – with the sim­pli­city of a single point of con­tact, even at mul­tina­tion­al level.You will find out more about the great things we do for our cli­ents on the fol­low­ing pages of this guide. Feel free to get in touch with the loc­al con­tacts for spe­cif­ic coun­try re­quests and please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us if you have any ques­tions or would like to re­ceive more in­form­a­tion.
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April 2020
CMS Guide to Real Es­tate Trans­ac­tion Costs and Taxes in Europe
27 May 2020
CMS Guide to Con­sequen­tial Loss Clauses in the En­ergy Sec­tor
07 May 2020
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...
April 2020
Our real es­tate cap­ab­il­ity at your ser­vice
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 Im­pact on Con­struc­tion In­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
28 April 2020
Elec­tron­ic Sig­na­tures in Real Es­tate Doc­u­ments
For many with­in the Real Es­tate in­dustry, the use of elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures will be un­fa­mil­i­ar ground – a prac­tice of­ten dis­cussed but nev­er used. Yet, where they are cap­able of be­ing used, elec­tron­ic...
April 2020
CMS Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Glob­al Bro­chure
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 Im­pact on Lease Agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.
22 April 2020
LMA-Style Loan Agree­ments and COV­ID-19 in Oman
In the cur­rent un­pre­ced­en­ted times of COV­ID-19, with many busi­nesses shut down or with re­duced abil­ity to op­er­ate, sup­ply chains dis­rup­ted and little or no cus­tom­ers for many ser­vices and products, cash...
23/03/2020
Pro­tec­tion against ter­min­a­tion of res­id­en­tial and busi­ness premises
The Ger­man gov­ern­ment has presen­ted a draft law to mit­ig­ate the con­sequences of the COV­ID 19 pan­dem­ic, which is to be ad­op­ted in the near fu­ture...
24 April 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate
This CMS Ex­pert Guide an­swers 12 most im­port­ant leg­al ques­tions about real es­tate across Europe. Find here what you need to know!
09 April 2020
Cov­id-19 Pan­dem­ic – Can the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor pass the test?
Cor­rect as of 9am, 7th April. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. As of the date of this art­icle, re­new­able en­ergy (“RE”) pro­jects around the world in­clud­ing in the Middle East and North Africa...